Coaching and Mentoring Competences

The EMCC coaching and mentoring competence framework can be downloaded here

The purpose of the competence framework is to provide a description of a mentor/coach at four distinct levels of development in order to help mentors/coaches understand their level of development and Training Providers evaluate the effectiveness of their programmes through the mentor/coaching performance of their students. The competence indicators are examples of behaviors or principles of the coaching profession that meet the eight competence categories. The competence framework also provides an assessment tool that allows an experienced assessor to evaluate the behaviours of a mentor/coach; categories the level that the mentor/coach is operating at (EIA Level Descriptors); and categories the level of mentor/coach training (EQA Level Descriptors).

Supervision Competences

The EMCC supervision competence framework is available for free from our online bookstore

EMCC Global takes the approach that competence frameworks can be helpful triggers for dialogue and debate; they can provide practitioners, trainers and assessors with valuable reference material; they act as a container for ideas and help answer the question ‘what does good look like?’

At the same time, EMCC Global accepts that competence frameworks only tell part of the story, and some of the core qualities of the person cannot be captured in frameworks and definitions.

EMCC Global has a framework for supervision which has evolved based on research and feedback over the years, the full version of which can be downloaded here. It contains eight core competences, as described below:


  1. Manages the Supervision Contract and Process

The Functions of Supervision

  1. Facilitates Development
  2. Provides support
  3. Promotes Professional Standards

The Capacity of the Supervisor

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Relationship Awareness
  3. Systemic Awareness

Working with Groups

  1. Facilitates Group Supervision

These competence headings are supported by about 40 behavioural indicators. It is not expected that every supervisor should exhibit each one of these, or treat them as a checklist. Rather, they are intended to stimulate awareness and promote understanding.